Stearns County

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Truck Breaks Through Paynesville Lake

Two young men are safe after their truck went through the ice on a Stearns County lake early Saturday morning. The Stearns County Sheriff’s office says Paynesville residents Zachary Imholte, 21, and Tanner Harder, 21, were able to escape from a truck when it broke through Lake Koronis off of Point Crestland Drive in Paynesville.

02/14/2015

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2 Treated For Smoke Inhalation After Stearns Co. Mobile Home Fire

Two adults were treated for smoke inhalation after a mobile home caught fire in Stearns Co. Thursday night. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, officers received a call around 10:30 p.m. Thursday of a fire in a mobile home that was thought to be occupied in the 18400 block of 332nd Street in Avon Township.

02/13/2015

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Jury Finds Brian Fitch Guilty Of Murder In Officer Patrick’s Death

The man accused of shooting and killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop last summer has been found guilty of murder.

02/02/2015

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Experts Expect Quick Verdict in Fitch Murder Trial

After six days of testimony and more than 50 witnesses on stand, the fate of Brian Fitch. Sr. will soon be in the hands of jurors. They will likely begin deliberating on Monday, and Minneapolis attorney Joe Tamburino doesn’t think it will take them long to reach a verdict.

01/30/2015

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Police: Man, 27, In Custody For Stalking, Burglary

Officials in St. Cloud say a 27-year-old man is in the Stearns County Jail after allegedly stalking a woman, entering her home and threatening someone.

01/25/2015

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Opening Statements Pushed To Thursday In Fitch Trial

Opening statements in the trial of a man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer have been delayed another few days. Another juror was released from duty after expressing concerns for her safety. She told the judge media reports had listed her occupation.

01/20/2015

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Jury Selection Begins In Brian Fitch Trial

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Mendota Heights Police officer last summer. Brian Fitch Sr., 39, is charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick, who was killed during a routine traffic stop in July.

01/12/2015

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Lengthy Trial Expected For Brian Fitch Sr.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the trial of an accused cop killer. Brian Fitch Sr. is accused of shooting and killing Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop in July.

01/11/2015

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Shots Fired At Stearns County Motel Leave 1 Hospitalized; 2 Arrested

Shots fired at a motel in Stearns County left one person hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds on Friday.

12/13/2014

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1 Dead In Head-On Stearns County Crash

At least one person is dead after a head-on collision in Stearns County.

11/29/2014

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Crash With UPS Semi Injures Stearns County Man

A Stearns County man was injured after he rear-ended a UPS semi-truck with his car.

11/13/2014

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12 Years Later, No Answers In Disappearance Of St. John’s Student

Twelve years ago this week, Josh Guimond was a student at St. John’s University when he disappeared. Josh’s father, Brian, says Josh was at a dorm room walking back to his dorm when he was last seen. He says the trip couldn’t have taken Josh more than 3 minutes.

11/10/2014

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Sheriff: Hunter Stole Deer In Stearns County

Authorities say a 34-year-old man was taken into custody in Stearns County on Sunday for stealing a deer from another hunter after not having success during Minnesota’s opening weekend of hunting.

11/10/2014

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Police: Man Attempts To Flee Police On Foot In Swamp

A man attempted to flee police on foot through a marsh in Stearns County Saturday morning. According to police, Stearns County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a car that had fled their advances.

11/08/2014

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After ATV Crash, Stearns County Boy Found Unresponsive

A juvenile who crashed his ATV was found unresponsive Thursday in Stearns County.

10/31/2014

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Stearns County Man Shot Wife During Car Chase, Police Say

A 66-year-old man is in custody, accused of shooting his estranged wife, in a terrifying chase that prompted several 911 calls.

10/25/2014

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New Billboard Campaign To Find Jacob Wetterling

A new effort is being launched to find Jacob Wetterling as the 25-year anniversary of his abduction approaches. Authorities said six new billboards have been put up in locations near the area where he went missing.

10/14/2014

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Stearns Co. Deputy Finds $3,000 Blowing In The Breeze

A Stearns County deputy made an unexpected – and expensive — discovery Friday. The deputy was on patrol heading northbound on County Road 3, south of County Road 131 in Brockway Township. At around 4:15 p.m., the deputy noticed a lot of cash blowing in the breeze just south of the intersection.

10/13/2014

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Man Indicted For First-Degree Murder In Baby’s Death

A 32-year-old Albany, Minn. man has been indicted on murder charges in connection with the Sept. 3 death of his infant son. Robert John Kaiser was indicted by a Stearns County grand jury Friday for first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-month-old boy.

10/03/2014

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State Patrol: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt In Head-On Crash Near Kimball

One person is dead and another was seriously hurt in a head-on crash near Kimball Thursday morning. Authorities were called to the area of Highway 15 and 150th Street, just north of Kimball, at about 5:54 a.m. on a report of a head-on crash.

10/02/2014

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An Alligator On The Loose In Minnesota?

An unusual call to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department Thursday led to a surprise discovery. The caller was out mowing a lawn near a wetland area and spotted a two-foot alligator in the grass.

09/19/2014

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Fmr. Richmond Mayor Arrested On Suspicion Of Embezzlement

The former mayor of the small Stearns County city of Richmond has been arrested and released. Scott Kron is under investigation for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the town’s baseball association. Kron resigned his office earlier this summer citing health and personal reasons.

09/18/2014

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1 Dead, I Injured In Stearns Co. Car Accident

One person is dead and another is injured after a car accident in Stearns County Thursday morning. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to a call around 6:15 a.m. of a two motor vehicle accident at County Road 35 and County Road 37 in Millwood Township.

09/18/2014

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Stearns County Man Shot In Stomach

A Stearns County man is hospitalized after being shot in the stomach early Saturday morning. Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at about 2:17 a.m. on the 200 block of 3rd Street in Holdingford, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

09/13/2014

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Man Charged With Murder In Infant Son’s Death

An Albany man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of his infant son. Robert John Kaiser, 32, has been charged with one count of murder in the second degree.

09/05/2014

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